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Codie Bascue Announces Retirement From Bobsled
I am a huge fan of the Olympic Games. I glue my eyes to the television every chance I can every two years when either the winter or summer games are taking place. Without question one of my favorite moments ofall-time when it comes to watching the Olympics was watching native son Codie Bascue compete for Team USA Bobsled in the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang when he finished ninth in the two-man event and 25th in four-man.
Yesterday Whitehall's Bascue announced that he stepping away from the sport that he has been a part of since he was a young boy. Bascue made the announcement via his Facebook page.
"I guess it’s about time that I announce this. I have come to the decision that I will be stepping away from the sport of bobsled. Bobsled has been a part of my life for almost twenty years and I think it always will be in some capacity, but I think I have really neglected my mental health for the past couple years and I need to prioritize that right now," Bascue stated.
Bascue was quick to point out everyone who helped him reach the pinnacle of the sport during his career.
"I can’t thank everyone enough, countless people that supported my journey for so long, through the highs and the lows. I truly would not have accomplished the things that I did without all of you and especially my family and friends, and the tremendous, countless sacrifices from my dad, grandfather, and the rest of my family. You are the best fan club I could ask for. To my many teammates over the years, competitors, friends, anyone that helped and taught me, everyone, thank you so much for making the experience so great. I won’t forget the memories."
Bascue will clearly miss the sport that he has competed in since he was eight years old, but seems to be looking forward to his next phase of life.
"I am also really excited about the opportunity to experience new things and be passionate about something else like finishing school and chasing new goals in that area," Bascue said.
A statement from US Bobsled said, "Congratulations to Codie Bascue, who announced his retirement from bobsled today. Codie, you represented this team with honor and made us proud. Thank you for wearing the red, white and blue and representing this nation on the world’s stage, all while staying humble and kind. We can’t wait to see what’s next for you!"
I have followed Bascue's career for years and have been a fan since back in the days of announcing his high school football games on radio. I had several conversations with his father and grandfather in the stands at Whitehall High School about his bobsled career.
Best of luck to you Codie on your future journey wherever the road takes you. Congratulations on a great career. And thank you for taking all of your fans and an enire community on this ride with you. It certainly was a fun one!
With the Border Country Sports Report, I'm Keith Harrington.